By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, June 11, 2017

  • Romans 11
  • Paul makes 5 points in Romans. The first four:
    • Romans 3:9-18, 23 – All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God.
    • Romans 3:20 – No one is able to keep the law sinlessly.
    • Romans 3:24-26 – God sent Jesus as a sacrifice to make salvation available.
    • Romans 5:1 – We are now justified by faith.
    • Romans 10:16-21
  • Romans 11:
    • Romans 11:16 – The root was the promises made to Abraham.
    • Romans 11:18 – Gentiles who were grafted in were not to boast. They were still deriving their spiritual sustenance from the promises to Abraham.
    • Romans 11:20-21 – Be careful! Jews were cast out because of unbelief and Gentiles can be cast out, too!
    • The first olive tree started out as the physical nation of Israel. Unbelieving Jews were cast out and believing Gentiles were grafted in. Now the tree represents spiritual Israel.
    • Salvation is now for both Jew and Gentile.
    • Romans 11:25, 15 – Paul’s hope was that when the Gentiles showed faith and partook of the blessings, the Jews would be encouraged to believe as well.
    • See Romans 2:28-29.

II Corinthians, Part 7

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, March 22, 2017

  • II Corinthians 6:1-18
  • II Corinthians 6:2 – The Holy Spirit here applies this prophecy from Isaiah to the gospel. Now is the time for salvation, not some future time as some groups such as Premillenialists may argue.
  • II Corinthians 6:3 – If Paul had not lived what he preached, it would have reflected poorly on what he preached. The same is true for us.
  • II Corinthians 6:11-13 – The Corinthians were restrained by their own desires. Paul asks them to open their hearts to him and his teaching as he had opened his heart to them.  Many in the religious world today are in the same position of being restrained by their own desires.
  • II Corinthians 6:14-15 – See I Corinthians 5. This is not saying you can’t have dealings with unbelievers.  That would make it impossible to live in the world.  This is specifically talking about being tied to unbelievers in spiritual matters.
  • II Corinthians 6:16 – Christians are the temple of God.
  • II Corinthians 6:17 – Some try to apply this to marriage to advise against marrying an unbeliever, but marriage is not in the context.

By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, December 11, 2016

  • Legally, yes.
  • Personally, yes.
  • According to Jesus, yes.
    • Matthew 11:27-28
    • Revelation 22:17
  • If he is going to be saved, no.
    • John 14:6
    • Matthew 15:8-9
    • John 8:31-32
    • I Peter 1:22
    • I Peter 4:11
    • Matthew 7:24-27
  • Consider Saul of Tarsus. He did not have the right to his own belief if he was going to serve God acceptably.
    • Acts 13:1; 26:9
    • Proverbs 14:12
  • Conscience is not a guide. It is a judge.
    • Romans 2:15
    • I John 3:20-21
    • Romans 14:23
  • For salvation, one does not have the right to his/her own belief:
    • About what to do to be saved.
    • About what makes a church right.
      • II Peter 1:3
      • II Timothy 3:17
      • Jude 1:3
      • Acts 2:36
      • Philippians 2:14-15
      • Acts 20:28
      • I Corinthians 5:45
    • About how to live for Jesus.
      • I Timothy 5:22
      • I Corinthians 5:4-5
    • Jesus IS the Christian’s belief.
      • Luke 6:46

Belief

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, November 20, 2016

  • Many believe that we are saved by belief in God. Hebrews 11:6
  • Are we saved by belief only or a belief that obeys? Galatians 5:6
  • Romans 3:23; I John 2:1-2
  • Titus 3:5 – Salvation is not by works of merit.
  • God expects us to accept salvation on His terms and conditions. Jeremiah 10:23
  • When “believe” is used in conjunction with another word, we know it is used in a specific sense.
    • John 12:42
    • Hebrews 11:8
  • Here, belief is used in a comprehensive sense. It includes obedience.
    • John 3:16
    • Numbers 21:6-9 – If any had believed, but not gone to look at the serpent, he would have still died.
    • Acts 16:31-34
    • Acts 18:8; I Corinthians 1:14 – Crispus believed, which apparently included baptism.
    • John 3:20
    • John 5:24
    • Romans 1:16
  • Romans 10:4
  • Matthew 7:21-23

Why Do You Worship?

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, April 17, 2016

  • Introduction
    • John 4:24
  • Why do you sing?
    • Ephesians 5:19; Colossians 3:16
    • We sing to praise God and glorify Him because of the redemption He has brought us through Jesus.
    • Colossians 3:15-16
  • Why do you pray?
    • I Thessalonians 5:17 – Because we are commanded to by God.
    • I John 5:15 – To petition God.
    • Colossians 4:2 – To thank Him for our blessings.
    • I John 1:9 – To confess our sins so we may be forgiven.
    • I Peter 3:12
    • The underlying reason for prayer is to thank Him for the blessing of salvation.
  • Why do you listen to teaching?
    • Acts 20:7
    • Hebrews 10:24-25 – To exhort one another to love and good works.
    • Colossians 3:16
    • II Peter 1:8
    • Acts 20:28, 32
  • Why do you give?
    • So the work of the local church can be done.
    • I Corinthians 16:1-2
    • II Corinthians 9:7; 8:7
  • Why do you partake of the Lord’s Supper?
    • To thank God for the body and blood of Jesus that allows us to be saved.
    • I Corinthians 11:24-26
    • I Corinthians 10:16
  • Why do you live?
    • To glorify God!
    • I Corinthians 10:31
    • Ephesians 3:21
    • John 17:1
    • We are saved to glorify God.

Galatians, Part 6

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, January 20, 2016

  • Galatians 4:1-16
  • Galatians 4:1-7 – Through Christ, we have become sons of God, and heirs to the promise of salvation.
    • Galatians 4:6 – See Romans 8:15.
  • Galatians 4:8-11 – Paul is trying to get the Galatians to realize how much they were giving up to try to go back to the old law. They were giving up their relationship of son-ship with God.
    • Galatians 4:11 – See I Corinthians 3:11-15. The Galatians were Paul’s work.  He did not want to lose them!
  • Galatians 4:15 – Some interpret this to mean that Paul had poor eyesight. This verse does not necessarily say that.  Paul could have simply been indicating the great love they had shown him.

Galatians, Part 5

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, January 13, 2016

  • Galatians 3:15-29
  • Galatians 3:18 – Our inheritance is based on the promise given to Abraham, not on the law. The Galatians were trying to go back to the old law, but Paul is trying to get them to see that it would not get them any closer to salvation.
  • Galatians 3:19 – God provided the law to define what sin was until Jesus came.
  • Galatians 3:20 – There was a mediator for the Old Covenant, but God was the only one involved when He brought His promise to pass in bringing Jesus. Here God is showing the superiority of Christ and the New Covenant over the Old Covenant.
  • Galatians 3:21-22 – The law and the promise were not contradictory. The law prepared the way for the promise to come.

Galatians, Part 4

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, January 6, 2016

  • Galatians 3:1-14
  • Galatians 3:1 – The word “foolish” here means, “having poor judgment.”
  • Galatians 3:2 – See II Corinthians 3. Spirit here most likely means the work of the Holy Spirit, i.e., the gospel.  Many take the view that this is talking about the personal indwelling of the Holy Spirit, which conflicts with other passages.
  • Galatians 3:10 – Those who were trying to find salvation by keeping the law of Moses were under a curse because they could not keep the law perfectly. The blood of Christ allows us to be saved even though we have sinned.  Jesus came to redeem us from the curse of the law.  See Joel 2:32.

Galatians, Part 3

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By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, December 30, 2015

  • Galatians 2:11-3:2
  • Galatians 2:14 – We must be like Paul in standing up for the truth regardless of the opposition.
  • Galatians 2:16 – Note that the context here is the old law vs. the new law. Paul is making the point that we are not justified by works of the old law.  Of course, man is not now nor has ever been justified by because no one has been able to keep either the old law or new law perfectly (except Jesus).  Calvinists attempt to use this verse to argue that man’s actions have no bearing on our salvation, but that is not the point of this verse at all.  We are justified by grace, but must obey God in order to take advantage of that grace.

By Jesse Jenkins

Benchley, December 20, 2015

  • Galatians 5:4 – Refutes the doctrine of perseverance of the saints.
  • Acts 7:54 – Refutes the doctrine of irresistible grace.
  • Limited atonement: the doctrine that Christ died to save only a limited number of people – His death was designated to save some and not others.
  • Consequences of the doctrine:
    • Denies the free will of man (Revelation 22:17)
    • Makes God a respecter of persons (Romans 2:11)
    • Makes preaching the gospel to sinners a mockery, i.e., tantalizes him with an invitation to come when he cannot come.
  • Proof texts examined:
    • Matthew 1:21 – Only “his people” would be saved. This is talking about those who would answer His call – not about a group selected by God before time began.
    • Matthew 20:28
    • John 10:11 – “the sheep” are those that decide to follow Jesus – not those who God selected before time began.
    • Acts 20:28
  • Proof of its falsity
    • Hebrews 2:9 – Jesus tasted death for everyone.
    • II Peter 3:9 – God wants all to be saved.
    • Matthew 11:28-29
    • I Timothy 2:3-4
    • Revelation 22:17
  • The Calvinists’ dilemma
    • God clearly states that He wants all to be saved, yet the doctrine of limited atonement requires that God only selected some to be saved.
  • The dilemma solved
    • The Bible does offer salvation to all.
    • But God has not ordained any individual to be saved.
    • God offers salvation to all, but has ordained that only those who accept salvation on His terms will be saved.